Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Day 140 - 24th May 2017 - Lilacs, Yellow Rumped Warbler and Deck Chairs

Beautiful sunrise this morning, bright red over the lake but it looks like it will clear and be a decent day. Owls and Loons calling up the lake, Song Sparrows, Mourning Doves and Crows down the lake. Always a different sound to the beginning of the day. Nothing like a few minutes by myself with coffee first thing in the morning listening to the sound of nature.
Tuesday was a wet one, but no complaints - although it would be nice if we could have sunny days and rain from 10pm to 5am regularly. Guess that's not likely to happen. I didn't go out until it was time to head to town for my meeting in the afternoon. Good staff meeting and enjoyed supper at the Ship's Galley with the group afterwards.
 Lilacs are blooming
 Yellow Rumped Warbler
It's always nice when the neighbours put out chairs for me to sit in and enjoy the lake on my walk.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Day 139 - 23rd May 2017 - Northern Parula, Mallard Ducklings and Common Yellowthroat

We had a good working morning on Monday, then lunch and Dorothy packed up and headed for home. Feel that we accomplished a lot. I haven't got a whole lot left on my part to get done then can send it back to her. Will finish some of it up this morning then hopefully tomorrow the rest. Since it's raining it's a good day for inside stuff. Have to do a little lunch preps, then this afternoon in town for a meeting and supper. Did a quick jaunt around last evening after supper hoping some birds would be out feeding. Northern Parula in the yard, Mallard and her babies in the lake and a Common Yellowthroat on the private road. Seems the birds are declining each year in this area. I did find a Northern Parula nest in a patch of Old Man's Beard - high enough to be out of the way and very well disguised. Will keep my eye on it from a distance of course.
 Northern Parula
 This is the second set of ducklings I've seen in the last couple of weeks, should be more any day.
Lurking behind the branches - Common Yellowthroat.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 138 - 22nd May 2017 - Flowering Bush, Chickadee and Canada Mayflower

It was nice that the blog photos were slow uploading this morning. I took the opportunity to have my coffee on the deck while I waited. Mackeral back sky, Hermit Thrush and Song Sparrows singing. For me it's the best part of the day. Enjoy today because we are in for a couple of days of wet weather - no complaints, last summer's dry spell is still fresh in my mind. We had a good work day on Sunday and made some good headway. Another day or day and half, and I'll have the layout completed. It's  a transcription of a ledger started in 1867 of ship wrecks on the Islands (Brier and Long) so is of historical interest. Of course it includes maps, some information about the ledger keepers, etc. We'll go over what else needs to be done before Dorothy heads off home.
 Rhododendron of some kind I think from Lois' gardens or an Azalea. I can never remember garden plants.
 You can always find a Chickadee, even when the other birds are being evasive.
Canada Mayflower are beginning to bloom.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Day 137 - 21st May 2017 - Apple Blossoms, Northern Parula and Bunchberry

Beautiful morning out there. I slept in a bit so missed the early rise of the sun, but the birds are all tweeting and singing, ducks and geese are calling as they fly down the lake. Going to be another great day. Lots of work for Dorothy and I to do - hammering out the book manuscript she brought and laying it out. I think we'll find a little time to roam the hood, can't sit at the computer all day when it's fine weather. Think I'll let  everyone sleep in a little while longer then we'll get breakfast and start.
Saturday was another nice day but not near as hot as it has been. The wind blew all day cooling it a bit, but still very good. Spent the day at the auction and pulled into the driveway right behind our company. Great timing!

 Don't think the apple blossoms will last long - the wind seems to be scattering them quickly.
 Northern Parula's are popping up everywhere.
Wildflowers are covering the forest floor - Bunchberry.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Day 136 - 20th May 2017 - Baltimore Oriole, Belted Kingfisher and a Tulip

The last few days have certainly been beautiful. Looks like more fine weather for a few more days, than some rain on the way for next week. Won't argue with a little rain after last summer's big dry spell. I got some things done around the house in the morning, roamed a couple of times with very little luck with birds then it was off to town. Had a good afternoon on the Thelma & Louise outing - nah we don't really get up to much. Told Margie on the way home it would be nice if a Baltimore Oriole would appear since the time is right with the apple blossoms.  Wishes do come true - after supper I had a lovely male pop in. Busy day up ahead, working an auction in town this afternoon, have to pick up groceries, company coming supper time. Will toss together a lasagna this morning so I won't have to cook when I get home and do a few quick things around the house before heading off.

 The male Baltimore Oriole - a stunning guy!
 And he loves the blossoms
 There were a pair of Belted Kingfishers flying back and forth in the cove, taunting me. They've decided our house is the fly over spot between the lakes so I can hear them laughing and cackling as the go back and forth.
Beautiful colors in this tulip.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Day 135 - 19th May 2017 - Ferns, Apple Blossoms and a Hummingbird

Summer has appeared, temperatures were up to +34 yesterday - a hot, hot day! I buzzed around and got some work done in the house, went for my morning roam and spent a little time in the sewing room. I did take time to enjoy the back deck and watch the birds at the feeders. Mostly Purple Finches, Goldfinches, Chickadees a few Evening Grosbeaks and Nuthatches. Of course there are Blue Jays and Mourning Doves. A Hummingbird was putting the run to a Purple Finch in the apple tree. A Northern Parula and a Yellow Warbler were hanging out among the blossons as well. Went to exercise class last night, was a good work out, been a while since I've been there.  So it's Friday which means lunch with Margie and Friday Night Club. Not many left now as I'm back to work at the end of the month.
 Ferns in the morning light.
 Apple Blossoms, the Cedar Waxwings should appear in the next day or two, these are their favourites.
The Hummingbird sits high in the tree watching over his feeder.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 134 - 18th May 2017 - Rhodora, Northern Parula and Fern

Wednesday was a beautiful day - warmest we've had yet with a little breeze at times (to keep the blackflies away). Temperature was somewhere between +28 and 30, those are summertime temps. Not sure what I accomplished but I puttered  around the house, did a little sewing, helped out a friend, roamed the hood and had a little chill time on the deck. I suppose I'll do a little of the same today, although I've got company coming on the weekend so should get the spare room ready. It's lovely through the woods these days - from the forest floor to the top of trees, things are sprouting and coming to life again. Each week there are new ferns or wildflowers - soon the Lady Slippers, Canada Mayflower and Trillium will be in bloom. No matter how many Springs and Summers I see them all, it's always like a new gift each year. There are lots of Northern Parulas, Palm and Yellow Rumped Warblers and Hermit Thrushes here now. At least one pair of Ovenbirds on my walk. I should start seeing the other Warblers very soon.
 Rhodora is in bloom - an old saying I remember my Grandfather told me : "when the Rhodora's in bloom, the fish (trout) won't bite"
 The Northern Parula loves the Old Man's Beard.
 At least this three Mallards realize they belong in the lake and not my bird feeders
Fern - just about unfurled.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 133 - 17th May 2017 - Northern Parula, Northern Harrier and Ducklings

Tuesday turned into a nice day - warm and sunny by the afternoon, even though it had a cool start to the day. Had a quick roam in the hood, then puttered around in the kitchen doing some lunch box prep. Have a few ahead in the freezer now for upcoming busy weeks. Margie and I stopped and had Lobster Poutine (very yummy) in Clyde River then we headed down to Blanche. Going to take a little time to turn Margie into a birder but she was a good sport. The last evening of the season for Trivia - we didn't win but had a good time. Today, have to tackle some sewing, maybe some yard work and some roaming in the hood. If the wind stays down should be a good morning for birds.
 Northern Parula was a little more willing to pose.
 Northern Harrier was flying over the ponds.
Mama and her ducklings.

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 132 - 16th May 2017 - Greater Yellowlegs, Lighthouse and Northern Parula

Monday was a drizzly, wet day. No hard rain, just a continuous drizzle so you eventually got wet anyway, looks like it will clear today and be fine the rest of the week. I can get excited about a few days of sunshine. We made a quick trip to Yarmouth in the afternoon for Larry's eye appointment, picked up a few things I needed (forgot a few) and then headed home. The back road was pretty quiet as far as birds went - saw a couple of Swallows and Yellow Rumped Warblers at Bear Brook on the way home but nothing else. Have some things to do around the house this morning, start getting a few extra lunch box meals in the freezer for Larry. I go back to work in couple of weeks and it's nice to have something done when I'm busy. Later today Margie and I are going visiting an old friend at Blanche. Guess I better take Big B. along for the ride, should be a few birds on that route.

Greater Yellow Legs at the Guzzle.
 Looking from the Hawk over at the Lighthouse.
Northern Parula singing up a storm.

Enjoy your day!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 131 - 15th May 2017 - Ovenbird, Tulip and Tree Swallow

Here we are back at Monday. Rained hard yesterday afternoon and evening probably a little more on the way for today but not much. I did get for a quick run around the hood yesterday morning, but it was quiet. Not much around since it was windy and a little on the cooler side. Did the normal Sunday things, cooking, etc. Had a good visit and chatter with friends after lunch. The early mornings of the week finally had caught up with me, I had a super early night and slept probably 9 hours. Guess I needed that. Larry's home from work at lunch as he's got an eye appointment in Yarmouth. Guess I may go along, need to pick up a few things that I can't get here.
 This is a much smaller Tulip but very pretty with the yellow edgings.

Tree Swallow resting on the wires. The seem to have a lot of energy chasing and catching flies.

Our resident Mallards.

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Day 130 - 14th May 2017 - Black & White Warbler, Northern Parula and a Deer

Happy Mother's Day! I was fortunate to grow up and have a great Mother, Grandmothers and a Great Grandmother in my life for many years. Still lucky to have my Mom. The Grandmothers and Great are gone but they were strong, resilient woman who taught us so much and spent loads of time with us. The sky was telling the tale of what's on the way for today - it was beautiful and red. Rain coming. After the fog and cold yesterday it turned out to be a lovely summer day. Warm and sunny. Stopped in Barrington and picked up our Chase the Ace tickets (we didn't win, but the Ace didn't go either so another week and maybe...) We had no luck  at A quick stop for groceries and then homeward bound to take advantage of the weather. Larry mowed the lawn and worked in the wood pile. I made a quick jaunt around the hood, did some yard work and a few things inside.
 Another first of the season - Black & White Warbler, love seeing the return of the Warblers to the hood.
 Northern Parula - quite a few of these little ones around now.
 Willet foraging for breakfast at Daniel's Head.
One of three deer that were together, close to the road and very tame. This was a little spike horn.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Day 129 - 13th May 201 - Ovenbird, Violets and Wild Strawberries

Moon is full this morning, pretty foggy out there with a bit of a chill in the air. Song Sparrow are beginning their daylight singing.  Loons are talking in the lake. Even though I get up way too early, I love the morning sounds of the country. We are going to try finding the Sandhill Crane once again on Cape Sable Island, he was sighted the other day, so fingers crossed. Will pick up our Chase the Ace tickets in Barrington and do some grocery shopping.  Hopefully we'll get some work done around the yard afterwards. Tomorrow is rain in the forecast so will be an inside day and plans to do some visiting. Friday was lunch out and Friday Night Club - more laughs than usual, some of us were wound up more than normal.  A pair of Geese with little ones were reported by a neighbour but after chasing around a good portion of the lake, I failed to find them. Will keep my eyes open though.
 First of the season - Ovenbird. His song is the distinctive - "". 
 Purple Wild Violets are in bloom everywhere, also a few white ones.
Wild Strawberries are blooming too, soon to be setting fruit.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Day 128 - 12th May 2017 - Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, Flycatcher and Ferns

Did a lot of roaming on Thursday, hunting for birds. They were few and far between but I did see a couple of interesting ones. Once I braved ticks, flies (thankfully no coyotes) I spotted a Flycatcher - not sure about which kind but it's been suggested an Acadian. Finally after supper the male Rose Breasted Grosbeak arrived in the yard. Hanging high in a few trees, he didn't make it down to the feeders but I'll keep my eyes open for him. It's Friday and town/lunch day with Margie. Will get out around the hood if it's not raining this morning, then a few things to do around the house before heading out.
The female Rose Breasted Grosbeak is still here. 
 The Male - handsome of course shyly checking things out.

The Flycatcher - first of the season, perhaps an Acadian. They are difficult to tell apart.

 I love watching the ferns.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Day 127 - 11th May 2017 -Lake, Blooms and Mallards

It did clear off on Wednesday but not warm and sunny - oh well some days are like that. It's lovely to get up to the sound of song birds and go to bed with the same sound. Song Sparrows and Hermit Thrushes are the first and last to sing every day. One of the joys of living in the country. It's a little overcast this morning, but they are claiming it will clear. Sounds like a good day for a roam in the hood and probably some more time in my sewing room. It's getting closer to returning to work, lots of things to do in the next week or two. But for now I'll enjoy the rest of my days at home.
 Dark storm clouds came in over the lake after supper producing a quick rain shower.
 Bushes are blooming - berries will soon be forming.
Our yard feeding Mallards, they come often now.

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 126 - 10th May 2017 - Violets, Palm Warbler and Mallard

I goofed on the weather yesterday, rained hard all day, clearing after supper. Well it was a good day to work inside. Found space again in the sewing room, started a new shift(chemise) for work and had a big pot of soup simmering on the stove. Cathy stopped for coffee so she got biscuits right out of the oven and soup to go with her coffee. Looks like a better morning today, birds are singing, a pair of Mallards are having breakfast. I'm off to town to do a little volunteer work for a few hours and then some errands.

Wild Violets are blooming.

Palm Warbler hiding in the branches.
Larry's latest girlfriend, she's been coming to visit the lasts few evenings. He feeds her. Last night 4 male Mallards arrived as well.

Enjoy your day!